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Continued: Readers Write: (May 19): Gender bias, Islam and science, Twin Cities skyways, plastic bags, self-image

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Anna Gillette, Minneapolis



In Grand Rapids, a voluntary reduction

Minneapolis could take a lesson from Grand Rapids on plastic-bag reduction (“Minneapolis hopes to ask: Where has all the trash gone?” May 12). In 2013, Grand Rapids became the first city in the state to begin a campaign promoting reusable bags. Earth Circle of Grand Rapids, a small group of citizens concerned about plastic-bag pollution, decided to do something about it. The City Council endorsed the plan, adding weight to the effort, not by mandating compliance but by simply encouraging citizens to reduce their plastic-bag consumption.

With little fanfare or media attention, Grand Rapids is doing something no other Minnesota city has done, and it’s catching on. It’s a matter of informing the public about the devastating consequences of plastic-bag pollution to the environment and to all of us who share it.

In the past year, we’ve learned a simple lesson: People care.

Pat Helmberger, Grand Rapids, Minn.



Does this social media make me look phat?

What a wonderful quotation by the late Susan Sontag in the May 12 “You Don’t Say” segment: “Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies.” I wonder if anyone posted it on their Facebook page.

Robert W. Carlson, Plymouth

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